Friday, March 13, 2009

William Jennings Bryant

William Jennings Bryant once thwarted an attempt to corner the gold market.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyala could recite the Gospel of Mark from memory, alternating each word between Latin and Greek.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pope Pius V

Pope Pius V had one rooster named after eleven of the apostles; everyone except Philip.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

William Shakespeare

It is recorded that William Shakespeare's last words were composed in iambic pentameter; however, his actual last words are lost to history.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

King Henry VIII

The second wedding of King Henry VIII was briefly interrupted by an escaped pig.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro pioneered an early version of dental floss, and insisted that his soldiers use it daily.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccol Machiavelli preferred to dine on horseflesh.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Martin Luther

Martin Luther played jacks.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baden Powell

Baden Powell once donated a hand-built catapult to England's National Portrait Gallery.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson once wrote a fan letter to The Clash.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf once bid on an actual wolf at a London police auction. She was turned away for not having the necessary licenses.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright had a series of large-scale tricycles built for himself, insisting that the two-wheeled variety would never truly catch on.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Laurel and Hardy

Stan Laurel died of a heart attack while visiting the grave of Oliver Hardy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt had recurring nightmares about his time with the Rough Riders.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller funded early research into what would become cryogenics.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini boiled a potato every day of his adult life, and always gave it away.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman collected dentures, and would often whittle spare sets as he recited his poetry.

Friday, January 23, 2009

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams hoped to have a son that would also become president, but he only had daughters.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

William McKinley

William Mckinley was the first to use graphite, rather than lead, in pencils.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Herman Melville

Due to a shipping accident, Herman Melville was inadvertently buried at sea.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pope Pius III

Pope Pius III was buried along with the remains of his beloved pet goat, Charity.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

John Locke

John Locke had a party trick in which he would juggle four copies of the King James Version of the Bible.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was born with a vestigial tale.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams met her future husband at a costume party, at which they both arrived dressed as bears.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had a birthmark shaped like Germany.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


When Bach died, there were over 20,000 seashells in his home.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson owned a horse who was also named Thomas Jefferson.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jane Austen

Jane Austen shot skeet.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Henry VIII

Henry the VIII condemned three men to "death by sea monster." Since no sea monster could be found, the men were released.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt owned a tuxedo made of dollar bills.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison once punched out a bank robber.